Josh Mueller bio
Player: Josh Mueller
Jersey Number: 27
School: Eastern Illinois University
Hometown: Columbia, Ill.
Height, Weight: 6-4, 215
Best Baseball Memory: Making the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted by the Rockies in 2010.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Frank Thomas.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My father. He taught me hard work and how to reach my goals. He shaped me into the person I am today.
Favorite Food: Boneless Buffalo wings
Favorite Pregame Meal: Subway.
Off-field hobbies: Fishing, music, movies.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Lord of the Rings.”
Josh Mueller was working his way up through the Colorado Rockies minor league system when a shoulder injury redirected his path.
The 13th round draft pick as a pitcher had a successful first season in the professional ranks with the Rockies Class A short-season club, Tri-City (Wash.) Dust Devils in 2010. He was 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA, 17 walks and 36 strikeouts in 48 innings. He had nine starts and made 14 appearances.
The next season (2011), he appeared in 27 games and had 19 starts at Class A Asheville (N.C.). He was 6-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 106 1/3 innings with 48 walks and 76 strikeouts.
“It’s a different experience, it was exciting, it was what I dreamed of since I was a little kid,” Mueller said. “It’s been good so far.”
Mueller began this season in Class A Advanced Modesto (Calif.), but he was injured in his second start on April 16. A shoulder impingement landed him on the disabled list, and he began rehabilitation in extended spring training.
“It can be frustrating when all you want to do is play, and you can’t,” Mueller said. “It’s definitely exciting now getting back to playing games.”
He started the Grand Junction Rockies season-opener Monday at Ogden.
“The town seems pretty excited about it,” Mueller said. “It’s a lower level than what I’ve been in the past, but as long as you can go out and compete, I think it’s going to be a good experience with a new team and a new town.”
Mueller is focused on staying healthy, first and foremost, and he hopes to improve and work his way through the minor leagues.
“I want to make sure I stay on top of my conditioning and my arm care,” Mueller said. “I want to be ready to go. If there is any sort of soreness, don’t hesitate to say something, because if you don’t, it will make it worse in the long run.”